UPDATED: Reudon Eversley Says “Not So!” – We Love It When The Barbados Nation News Steals BFP’s Article Ideas Without Attribution

Reudon Eversley Says “Coincidence” – We Believe Him (But Ask A Question)

The former Communications Director for the DLP Election Campaign says he didn’t plagiarise our work – it was just a coincidence. OK, we not only accept that, we truly believe him.

We also believed Mr. Eversley when as Campaign Communications Director he sent us written promises by the DLP that they would do certain things upon being elected.

Here is Mr. Eversley’s comment about not stealing our work, and our response to him – followed by the original article as first published…

Reudon A Eversley
March 8, 2008 at 1:47 pm GMT

So BFP is accusing me of plagiarism. How interesting! As someone who has gone relatively far in the world of academia, it’s a most serious charge indeed and will not go unanswered. I have never been afraid to set the record straight on this site before and I certainly will not be on this occasion.

Today, Saturday, is the first time for this week that I really have had a chance to browse through BFP or any other Bajan blog for that matter. I’ve been out of town too busily engaged in other activities. However, I always check the NATION online first thing every morning when I am away and, reading Arthur’s fulminations last Monday, he immediately came across as behaving like Don Quixote. So I decided there and then that it would be the subject of my Nation column for this week. The article was drafted Monday night, finetuned on Tuesday, and submitted early on Wednesday to satisfy the deadline.

It just happens to be a coincidence that BFP also compared Arthur with Don Quixote. FYI (and the intention is not to boast), I can write with some authority about Don Quixote, as I read the Miguel Cervantes classic in the original Spanish. You see, I was a Spanish student who still speak the language and maintains an active interest in Spanish culture, especially in relation to Latin America.

You, therefore, are unknowingly — as opposed to maliciously which I would never you accuse you of — trying to make a mountain out of a molehill with this issue regarding the comparison with Don Quixote de la Mancha — the character’s full and proper name. You should not be in the dark now as I think I have succeeded in makingh my position pellucidly clear.

As always, best wishes and kindest regards to you.

*********************

BFP Says,

Good morning Reudon.

We were wondering if you were away as we thought you’d jump right in to say something one way or the other.

OK… we accept your position that it was a coincidence and we’ll make a note up in the article to put your position forward. Not that this one incident will absolve the Nation News from all the other times they stole stories from us without attribution – of which there are many incidents documented previously.

As far as “mountains out of molehills” – around here we fully admit, embrace and enjoy a rather tabloid style to go along with our serious theme of demanding integrity, transparency and accountability from our government and media. So no offense taken and of course, our best wishes to you too.

And, I’m sure you would agree that our combination of tabloid style and serious content worked out rather well for the DLP in January.

Now… while we have your attention, we’ve been a little disappointed in the new DLP governments failure to live up to promises made during the campaign about the integrity initiatives.

We’ve been holding back a bit to give the new PM and his team a chance to settle in, but frankly we are seeing some very disturbing signs of late.

For today though, we’d like your comment regarding one integrity initiative that was promised IMMEDIATELY after a DLP government took office: the Ministerial Code.

In your January 3, 2008 letter to BFP you clearly stated that the Ministerial Code would be implemented “immediately” upon the government being elected. This was distinct from other initiatives that were to be within 100 days. Also, this is not something that needs to be debated or voted upon: it is simply the government declaring what the rules are for Ministers.

So… why hasn’t the Ministerial Code been declared and released to the public? Did David Thompson not mean what he said?

Make no mistake, Reudon. The government’s failure to follow through with this single very simple initiative is viewed by most folks as an indication that the government’s talk of integrity was indeed a last-minute “cut and paste” election lie.

Marcus, Robert, Cliverton, Shona, George and Auntie Moses

Original Article As First Published…

“(Owen Arthur’s) grandstanding seems a desperate attempt to find relevance in his post-prime ministerial life. However, in declaring war on the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Government, he comes across more like the fictional character Don Quixote, who was all bark but no bite…”

Reudon Eversley’s latest piece in The Nation News Reflections – Arthur’s quixotic war is just the latest incident where the Nation News has lifted a story or article idea from Barbados Free Press without attribution.

Oh well. I suppose we shall have to be continue to be content knowing that, according to quantcast.com, Barbados Free Press has at least double the online readership of The Nation News. (quantcast’s figures are way low – but we presume with a uniform error)

That should be embarrassing to senior management at the, er, “newspaper” – but they don’t seem to care about professional standards anyway, so perhaps they aren’t bothered.

Our first-published Arthur-as-Quixote piece: Barbados Nation News: “Owen Arthur Declares War On DLP Government”

BFP reader’s suggestion of Arthur-as-Quixote – see Sentinel’s poem Owen On Dee Warpath

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32 responses to “UPDATED: Reudon Eversley Says “Not So!” – We Love It When The Barbados Nation News Steals BFP’s Article Ideas Without Attribution

  1. Hants

    Cliverton will “trust me” on this one.

    The mainstream media are reading BFP. The Nation,The Advocate,BSJ and VOB Brasstacks.

    This blog is being taken very seriously.

    ********

    BFP says,

    george here. OK Hants we will “trust” you on this one! 🙂

  2. Jerome Hinds

    BFP,

    Can you help us to sift through what that DUMB – BO Ezra Alleyne was making reference to in his latest ” hogwash ” article ?

    Surely now I am anxious to see his consultancy fees being made public knowledge as well !

    The CRACK specialist……that he is !

  3. Beefcake

    Plagiarism is stealing ideas or content with recognition for the source.

    As such, perhaps “Barbados Free Press” should submit a letter to the editor of the paper. It will be interesting to see if they dare to reprint such.

    Maybe even send a copy of that letter to the Advocate.

    Enough aliases are used when submitting letters to the editors, I’m sure you can come up with one. If not, have it submitted by your attorney on your behalf.

  4. BFP
    Do we know for certain whether DLP jefes are reading BFP on a daily basis?

    It seems a shame they do not have a voice with us, as I am sure we would respect such an avenue of influence and not abuse it with insult, right guys?

    Even without their voice, their eyes are still better than nothing. We give them plenty food for thought.

  5. justice

    But BFP, did you not get the original story from the Nation?

    **********

    BFP says,

    When we use pieces of, or comment upon, a story from the Nation News, we provide fair attribution of the source. In this case, Barbados Free Press first published both comments and an editorial cartoon characterizing Owen Arthur as Don Quixote. Almost two days later, The Nation News published their story characterizing Owen Arthur as Don Quixote. What a coincidence!

  6. Sundowner

    I hear the flyovers are not happening, anyone know for sure?

  7. Adrian Hinds

    Jerome Hinds
    March 7, 2008 at 5:18 pm
    BFP,

    Can you help us to sift through what that DUMB – BO Ezra Alleyne was making reference to in his latest ” hogwash ” article ?

    Surely now I am anxious to see his consultancy fees being made public knowledge as well !

    The CRACK specialist……that he is !
    ===================================

    There is nothing to shift through. Ezra is clearly highlighting the fear that the BLP has for these forensic audits.
    For the first time in Barbados, there is a Prime Minister that is outside the influence of the usual power brokers, and who seems intent with good cause, to disproving the circumstances that would make us mockingly say that ” Barbados has the most honest politicians in the world”.
    Lick and lock up certainly ain’t done wid and could take on a new meaning by the end of Thompy’s first term. 😀

  8. malcontent

    it was not the nation newspaper, it was reudon eversley, u insufferable fool.

    ********

    BFP says,

    Really? Eversley printed it in his own newspaper? Gosh, I could have sworn I read it in the Nation News!

    Well, that just goes to show you how dumb I am.

  9. Tell me Why

    I hear the flyovers are not happening, anyone know for sure?
    …………………………………………………………………………………
    I hope that this administration scrap this flyover nonsense.
    The roads are free to travel for almost 4 months when schools are on vacation. Should we spend millions of dollars for the other 8 months. That money can be spent creating holding areas outside the city area for urban schools. Parents can drop off these children from 7 a.m until 8 a.m to be transported the various schools by public transport. That will divert hundreds of cars per school and ease the bottle-necks where parents allow kids to put bags in car trunk and block the roads unnecessarily. The reverse can be at the end of school until 5.30 p.m when parents leave work. This would increase productivity, since the majority of parents waste over two and a half hours with dropping and collecting children.

    These holding areas should be equipped with washrooms, sitting areas, security personnel and canteen services. Educationalists, cultural and sports icons can play a part in keeping these children positively occupied.

    Forget the Flyovers Mr. P.M.

  10. Anon

    I wish someone could really tell me what is going on at the Garfield Sobers roundabout, they dig up, full back and then dig again, place cans in the road and leave it in a state of confusion. Some PR please..

  11. Watchman

    Since February 16th, Tony Hall’s “Comment” was published on the DLP Blog. I, too, forwarded a “Comment” supporting Tony’s. To this day, the DLP Blog has refused to publish it.

    Since FEBRUARY 16th, NOT ONE COMMENT HAS BEEN PUBLISHED ON THE DLP BLOG! This is “highclass” arrogance and laziness!!!!

    (Please see Tony’s article below.)
    ……………………………………………………………………………….
    Tony Hall
    February 16, 2008 at 11:26 am
    “COME ON GUYS. THIS IS THE AGE OF TECHNOLOGY. THIS IS 2008 .THIS BLOG NEEDS TO BE UPDATED. YOU MUST PAY ATTENTION OTHERWISE YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES THE BLP MADE. THIS IS A PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH THE POPULACE.”
    ………………………………………………………………………………

    Furthermore, since the article “The People’s Work Starts” was published on Thursday, 31 January, 2008, NO FURTHER ARTICLES HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED ON THE DLP WEBSITE!!!!! To those in charge, remember Tony’s words, “YOU MUST PAY ATTENTION, OTHERWISE YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES THE BLP MADE”. In fact, it seems that it is already happening.

    Thanks is extended to my buddy, “Sentinel”, for the “Warpath”.

  12. cherry2enpowered

    They did the same thing outside trimart haggatt hall. Coming from st.philip side. Pave, dugup, pave, dugup, pave, dugup, pave.

  13. cherry2enpowered

    BFP
    What is the word concering the final figure of the ABC expansion project slated for at the end of last month.

  14. Reudon A Eversley

    So BFP is accusing me of plagiarism. How interesting! As someone who has gone relatively far in the world of academia, it’s a most serious charge indeed and will not go unanswered. I have never been afraid to set the record straight on this site before and I certainly will not be on this occasion.

    Today, Saturday, is the first time for this week that I really have had a chance to browse through BFP or any other Bajan blog for that matter. I’ve been out of town too busily engaged in other activities. However, I always check the NATION online first thing every morning when I am away and, reading Arthur’s fulminations last Monday, he immediately came across as behaving like Don Quixote. So I decided there and then that it would be the subject of my Nation column for this week. The article was drafted Monday night, finetuned on Tuesday, and submitted early on Wednesday to satisfy the deadline.

    It just happens to be a coincidence that BFP also compared Arthur with Don Quixote. FYI (and the intention is not to boast), I can write with some authority about Don Quixote, as I read the Miguel Cervantes classic in the original Spanish. You see, I was a Spanish student who still speak the language and maintains an active interest in Spanish culture, especially in relation to Latin America.

    You, therefore, are unknowingly — as opposed to maliciously which I would never you accuse you of — trying to make a mountain out of a molehill with this issue regarding the comparison with Don Quixote de la Mancha — the character’s full and proper name. You should not be in the dark now as I think I have succeeded in makingh my position pellucidly clear.

    As always, best wishes and kindest regards to you.

    *********************

    BFP Says,

    Good morning Reudon.

    We were wondering if you were away as we thought you’d jump right in to say something one way or the other.

    OK… we accept your position that it was a coincidence and we’ll make a note up in the article to put your position forward. Not that this one incident will absolve the Nation News from all the other times they stole stories from us without attribution – of which there are many incidents documented previously.

    As far as “mountains out of molehills” – around here we fully admit, embrace and enjoy a rather tabloid style to go along with our serious theme of demanding integrity, transparency and accountability from our government and media. So no offense taken and of course, our best wishes to you too.

    And, I’m sure you would agree that our combination of tabloid style and serious content worked out rather well for the DLP in January.

    Now… while we have your attention, we’ve been a little disappointed in the new DLP governments failure to live up to promises made during the campaign about the integrity initiatives.

    We’ve been holding back a bit to give the new PM and his team a chance to settle in, but frankly we are seeing some very disturbing signs of late.

    For today though, we’d like your comment regarding one integrity initiative that was promised IMMEDIATELY after a DLP government took office: the Ministerial Code.

    In your January 3, 2008 letter to BFP you clearly stated that the Ministerial Code would be implemented “immediately” upon the government being elected. This was distinct from other initiatives that were to be within 100 days. Also, this is not something that needs to be debated or voted upon: it is simply the government declaring what the rules are for Ministers.

    So… why hasn’t the Ministerial Code been declared and released to the public? Did David Thompson not mean what he said?

    Make no mistake, Reudon. The government’s failure to follow through with this single very simple initiative is viewed by most folks as an indication that the government’s talk of integrity was indeed a last-minute “cut and paste” election lie.

    Marcus, Robert, Cliverton, Shona, George and Auntie Moses

  15. cherry2enpowered

    As far as “mountains out of molehills” – around here we fully admit, embrace and enjoy a rather tabloid style to go along with our serious theme of demanding integrity, transparency and accountability from our government and media. So no offense taken and of course, our best wishes to you too.

    And, I’m sure you would agree that our combination of tabloid style and serious content…………..

    lol. Oh my gosh Barbados Free Press have just ADMITTED A TABLOID STYLE OF REPORTING regarding their news articles ha ha ha ha.
    You just made my day BFP.

  16. Thistle

    I must say I was very disappointed in Mr. Reudon Eversley’s reply to BFP’s accusation of plagiarism, because I like what Mr. Eversley usually writes (and we both support the DLP!). It doesn’t take anything off you to be humble, Mr. Eversley, and all you needed to do was to apologise to BFP for the misunderstanding, and to explain that you both had similar thoughts (great minds think alike?!) and that it was purely coincidental, instead of treating us to that long preamble about how well educated you are and how you speak
    spanish (a lot of us do) and your knowledge of Don Quixote’s real name. That was totally unnecessary and I’m surprised at you. Eat some humble pie, Mr. Eversley.

  17. Hants

    cherry2enpowered says
    “Oh my gosh Barbados Free Press have just ADMITTED A TABLOID STYLE OF REPORTING regarding their news articles ha ha ha ha.”

    BFP also reports facts that have been proven even though the mainstream media refused to publish said “facts”.

    The current format of BFP has worked well and should not change so as a supporter of BFP and the DLP with enough Intelligence to walk and chew gum at the same time…

    I will continue to enjoy the Tabloid style entries especially the excellent Cartoons and the calls for….

    Integrity,Accountability and Transparency as promised by the DLP.

  18. Thistle, you are dead right.

    Like so many academics, Mr Eversley seems to feel that anything he says must be pompous and pretentious.

    Can’t you just see him in his cap and gown as he pontificates to us lesser mortals from his lectern.

    “Pellucid” my backside!

  19. Tell me Why

    As someone who has gone relatively far in the world of academia,
    ………………………………………………………………………………….
    Come on Reudon, why bring in academic achievements in this equation. Sometimes it is better to overlook issues instead of harping on a simple issue when both dealt with the same Don Quixote in a perspicuously innocent matter. Forget the Spanish culture talk.

  20. TMS

    You see, I was a Spanish student who still speak the language and maintains an active interest in Spanish culture, especially in relation to Latin America.
    —————————————————-

    pity your long journey in academia did not help you attain a sound grasp of good grammar.

  21. 94

    TMS, that was real low.
    It was only an s. Could have been a typo even though it jumped out at me too. And look how you began your sentence with a common p. That was real low.

    But Reudon, answer the questions BFP posed nuh man! We want to know the answers to those, not hear/see you defending your honour even though you are entitled to do so.

  22. Reudon Eversley

    In response to the issues you raised, let me say I believe Prime Minister David Thompson is most sincere about honouring the promises that were made during the last election. I have had no reason to doubt Mr Thompson in the past and he has given me no reason to do so now.

    As I said in a previous intervention, Rome was not built in a day. PM Thompson may not be moving with the speed that you would like but, having known him for many years, I can tell you he is a man of honour and integrity and will keep his word.

    He has been exceptionally busy since the election addressing a lot of the problems left by the former “highly competent” BLP government. As I have spent considerable time away from Barbados since the election, I am not fully up to date on where the administration is on the issues in question but rest assured you will be informed in due course.

  23. TMS

    perhaps we can see the problem in Mr. Eversley’s comments.

    PM Thompson et al seem to have spent most of their time in Government travelling.

  24. 94

    Thank you very much Reudon for your response. It suggests that you are quite aware that the people who comment here are real people with real concerns.
    TMS, cut the people a little slack until April 16th.

  25. R. Eversley-
    I agree with what you say, and it is a pleasure to hear you say it in plain English apart from the incorrect use of the word “Intervention”.

    When a contribution to a post is made, bloggers are not “intervening” unless their subject matter is off-topic and irrelevant.

    Your comment was neither irrelevant, extraneous nor a hindrance, merely overbearing in manner.

  26. Hants

    Reudon Eversley I hope you will encourage the DLP organisation to use this forum to communicate what the Government is doing.

    BFP will not “ease up” in their demands for ITAL.
    Integrity Transparency Accountability Legislation and for promises to be kept.
    100 days to BFP means 100 x 24 hours and not a second more.

    I have been begging them to give the Dems some slack and they would not ease up for me, a long time BFP supporter and an unwavering DLP supporter.

    I understand their demands because BFP has been consistent from day one and cannot lower their standards now that a new party is in power.

    Furthermore, they are only demanding what the DLP promised publicly. The Youtube videos of the political meetings are there for all to hear and see.

    They are not trying to run the Government or tell David Thompson” what to do”. Only asking him to keep his promises within the time frames that came out of his mouth.

    AS a direct result of “piggie trough politics”practised by the former BLP administration or “pork barrel politics” as Mr.Thompson called it, the DLP must keep their promises or face the BFP Music.

    Just remember Owing After, and take note of the visit to Mr.Thompson by the Editor of The Advocate who to my amazement pledged his support to the PM and the policies of the DLP.

  27. Jerome Hinds

    BFP & Brutus,

    I undertand your frustration……but this DLP government is the road to cleaning up the mess left by the past administration.

    And we have found 14 LONGGG yrs of it !

    The implementation of all enhanced pieces of Legislation & declaration of assets is a process that is well on the way.

    The public disclosure of such information will be divulged shortly.

    It is incorrect to say or suggest that Cabinet members have refused to submit this information.

    Patience & Prudence are the watch words .

    The DEMS will be fair & frank with you.

    BTW…..where FRANKOLOGY….BFP ?

  28. Bajantease

    The people of Barbados elected DEM to do a job, the promised which were made must be kept. No one forced DEM to say within 100 days we will, they did. Are you fed up with broken promises? Then our new government must be held to their own time table and their promises.

    What length of time does it take to put in place Integrity Transparency Accountability Legislation?
    Why must it take so long?
    More time to do what.. get paid off .. fly around wid clico, give way more money by cancelling land tax debt? Ask the banks de small black man does run and pay de land tax and de mortgage.. its big boys that don’t, the hotels and businesses.

    Good promises made, nuff talk, I want sweet action..
    If fulfilled DEM can make some good and needed changes.. but action needed.. Time for Action not time for lil more time..

    Surely there are examples in numerous countries we could look at? I’m for the act and believe a committee headed by the chief justice, GG, Ombusman etc. people of that independant nature and maybe some accounting type.. look over the books of these people on entering and during their stay in office. This should offer some protection from just nosey people and ensure the peoples government is untained . Panday get ketch??

    Give me the things you promise me, if you can’t do de do you lied to get into de bed, if I don’t see it nor feel it I gine kick yah out..
    Follow your own time table

  29. Tell me Why

    BFP, I have a problem with double standards regarding posting the same message within two separate and distinct subjects. You refused to post my second article which was modified to suit another article, yet you allowed Jerome Hinds to post the identical article here and on “Barbados Cabinet ministers free to accept….”

    Jerome Hinds
    March 9, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    BFP & Brutus,

    I undertand your frustration……but this DLP government is the road to cleaning up the mess left by the past administration.
    And we have found 14 LONGGG yrs of it !

    YOUR EXCUSE FOR STOPPING MY POST:
    “We removed one of the two posts you put up around that time because you had posted essentially the same comment on two different articles. This type of “cut and paste” is bad manner on any blog, not just ours. Are you saying you would like the other comment deleted and the 3:15 comment returned? That we can do for you… but we generally don’t allow cut and pasting of the same comment into multiple articles”.

    That’s what you call Double Standards.

  30. AmonRa

    Does the foubert realise that he is being redundant when he says “…pellucidly clear.” ?
    Pellucid means clear, so if he wants to say “clear clear” well by all means go ahead and sound like a stuck record player. Pride aplifies your mistakes you twit.

  31. cherry2enpowered

    Yes Hants, We are all aware of BFP reporting facts that are proven even though the mainstream media refused to publish said ‘facts’.
    A little humour goes a long way.

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